Beauty Care NC SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

The beauty industry is perfect for outgoing and creative individuals. Growing year on year, with a variety of new and exciting opportunities for beauty therapists, the industry has an ever-expanding clientele.

The NC Beauty Care course provides an excellent foundation for those just starting out. It includes a range of popular beauty services including facial treatments and body massage, electrical treatments, waxing treatments, eye treatments, manicures, and gel nails.

You’ll undertake work experience as part of the course, which is excellent preparation for a smooth transition into industry or further study.

    Entry requirements

    • Two National 5s (or equivalent), preferably in a beauty related subject such as NPA Make-up Skills.

    If you don't meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. Please get in touch with us to discuss how suitable this course is for you. 

    • Facial Techniques and Facial Treatment Packages
    • Body Massage
    • Face and Body Electrotherapy: An Introduction
    • Creative Current Make-Up Trends
    • Nail Treatments and Gel Nails
    • Depilation (Waxing)
    • Eyelash Enhancements
    • Scalp, Neck, and Shoulder Massage
    • Wellness Therapies
    • Commercial Experience


    Beauty kit 

    How will I study my course?

    • Full Time
    • Part Time

    Your course will generally be a mix of scheduled connected learning time, and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments. 

    This practical course will mainly be taught in-person in our fully equipped salon, although you may also be asked to join your lecturers and fellow classmates at a scheduled time in an online classroom for some theory sessions. 

    You will attend class for approximately 3 days per week. You will be required spend around 8 hours in flexible learning outside of class 

    Find out more about how you will learn with us.


    How long will my course last?

    9 Months

    Where can I study my course?

      • Oban Learning Centre

    Start date



    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


    Bursary for Living Costs 

    If you are 18 years of age or over on the start date of your course, and will be studying full-time you may be eligible for bursary funding, depending on your household income. Our bursary fund is finite and is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so it’s important to make your application for bursary as soon as the application process opens in July. You will need to have accepted our offer before you apply. 

    If you are under 18 you may be eligible for EMA. EMA is paid at a rate of £30 per week dependent on your total household income.  

    Please see page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide for full details of Bursary and EMA.  

    You may also be eligible for assistance with travel and childcare, and we have discretionary funds for those students in need. You can find all the information you need in our funding pages

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    When you’ve successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level with courses such as: 

    • HNC Beauty Care

    Employment options in this sector could include:  

    • Junior therapist in a beauty salon 

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.